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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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    Mom has breast cancer. It's either Stg 1&2 (cuz they found another lump in other) or all same cancer at Stg 4. Her appts are just bad news more tests more appts....I don't know what to say to help her stay strong when I fear the worst?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I guess I don't understand if she has breast cancer found in both breasts and what are the stages? 1, 2, and 4? At the point of diagnosis, it is pretty confusing because you actually won't get the final diagnosis until after her surgery is done and the report comes back from the pathologist. ...

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      I guess I don't understand if she has breast cancer found in both breasts and what are the stages? 1, 2, and 4? At the point of diagnosis, it is pretty confusing because you actually won't get the final diagnosis until after her surgery is done and the report comes back from the pathologist. My stage changed after the surgery because one of my nodes had cancer in it.
      At this point, there is a ton of testing.... she will have lots of bloodwork, and possibly CT Scan, PET Scan, MRI, MUGA.... and MORE bloodwork. Keep a copy of all of her tests in a 3 ring binder, tape all of the business cards taped on the inside of cover. When you go with her take tons of notes, or audio tape her consultation appointments.
      At this point, you are just trying to get through all the preliminary testing. Once you get a treatment plan, at least her path will be a bit clearer. Believe it or not, you actually get a feeling of comfort and security from hearing your treatment plan. She will probably have surgery, either lumpectomy or mastectomy, chemotherapy, and maybe radiation. If her tumor is larger, she may have some chemo treatment before surgery to shrink the tumor. I wouldn't get wrapped up in the drama of "What her chances are?" She just puts on her woman warrior gear and goes into battle. We here on this site are either going through treatment or have been through treatment. I had breast cancer 5 years ago and am alive, well, and enjoying the heck out of my life. There are LOTS of options for treatment of all sorts of breast cancers. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      U can tell her she will be fine and u will be with her every step of the way. U will fight with her. Encourage her and pray with her. My sister read the bible to me and it gave me such comfort. I'll be rostering for the both of u. God bless.

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    My first treatment was Wednesday and so far so good. (no sickness or anything) Thank you god. I'm praying the next treatments go good too. Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The steroids and anti-nausea meds work wonders for the first 48 hours or so after treatment. That's the time when the most uncomfortable side effects might occur. Once those are out of your system (by now, maybe, you may start to feel icky, like you're hungover, for example. I just felt heavy...

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      The steroids and anti-nausea meds work wonders for the first 48 hours or so after treatment. That's the time when the most uncomfortable side effects might occur. Once those are out of your system (by now, maybe, you may start to feel icky, like you're hungover, for example. I just felt heavy and tired and queasy but not enough to make me sick or keep me from doing what I usually do. Hope you're still feeling well!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am hoping and praying your treatments continue like the first one. I also had no sickness except feeling a bit like I had the flu.... felt tired for a couple of days. I thank God, it all went quite tolerable. I did have a reaction to an additive but not to the chemotherapy itself. I hope...

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      I am hoping and praying your treatments continue like the first one. I also had no sickness except feeling a bit like I had the flu.... felt tired for a couple of days. I thank God, it all went quite tolerable. I did have a reaction to an additive but not to the chemotherapy itself. I hope you will share the positive stories of chemotherapy with anyone who is having that type of treatment. You just don't know how anyone is going to react to that stuff. Continued good luck to you. God's blessings..... Sharon

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    I already have breast cancer. There is another lesion you can see it on ultrasound but not MRI should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • NancyStradley- Pezzi Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breathe. If it is something they have caught it, if its nothing then you would be stressing for not. This is all scary. Prayers to you. And a big hug.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Cate,
      So you already have learned you have breast cancer. This other lesion shows up with an ultrasound but NOT with MRI. The following describes how my cancerous tumor looked on an MRI. It lit up like a Christmas tree light bulb. It was was so bright, I swear is was clearly visible from...

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      Cate,
      So you already have learned you have breast cancer. This other lesion shows up with an ultrasound but NOT with MRI. The following describes how my cancerous tumor looked on an MRI. It lit up like a Christmas tree light bulb. It was was so bright, I swear is was clearly visible from Mars! Cancerous tumors absorb the contrast dye injected into you. That is how they are detected and show so well on an MRI. It doesn't sound like this is a cancerous lesion. I WOULD ask for a biopsy but could this just be a non-cancerous cyst and they are calling it a "lesion"? I would be climbing into the backseat of their car until they told me what that thing was. Of course.... that's just hysterical me. You have to be your own best advocate so go get them darlin' and ask for a clarification. Blessings.... take care, Sharon

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  • mary  o sullivan Profile

    is d first oncologist app scary .i already had surgery and reconstruction

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had my first oncologist appt. 2 days before my surgical consult (just the way things worked out). Even though I worked in healthcare (doing X-rays and Mammograms) it was a little intimidating but the oncologist made it easy for me. The breast patient navigator was supposed to meet me there...

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      I had my first oncologist appt. 2 days before my surgical consult (just the way things worked out). Even though I worked in healthcare (doing X-rays and Mammograms) it was a little intimidating but the oncologist made it easy for me. The breast patient navigator was supposed to meet me there for the appt. but got called away for something else. She used to work at the oncology clinic so when she was there it really helped me since I had no family in the area. She actually sent the lung patient navigator to be with me as she also was in on my first biopsy the week before but she didn't show up until just as I was leaving the exam room. The breast patient navigator was there for my second biopsy and other appts. along with being with me prior to surgery, in the OR, and the recovery area afterwards. She was going to come upstairs and be with me for a time but the surgeon sent her home. I moved away after my chemo. treatments but we still have email contact, she's young enough to be my daughter and if I had one I'd like her to be just like Andrea. Take someone with you for your appt. as they can be a 2nd set of ears and perhaps write things down for you.

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      anonymous
      stage_4 Patient

      Yep, I too bilateral and referred for chemo. Feel scared too, also angry that breast cancer is affecting so many more women now. Something out there is causing this to happen! its not just a freak occurrence of nature. Whether it be environmental, dietary or something else, I just wish that we...

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      Yep, I too bilateral and referred for chemo. Feel scared too, also angry that breast cancer is affecting so many more women now. Something out there is causing this to happen! its not just a freak occurrence of nature. Whether it be environmental, dietary or something else, I just wish that we could discover the cause and save thousands of women from this emotional turmoil and trauma. This should not be happening. I certainly don't feel like I am on a journey, its a battle to me and some days are really difficult! We both have to move forward and be brave, and know that it will get better. I like this quote by Winston Churchill - If you are going through hell, keep going.. Good luck to you.

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